Ocasio-Cortez among progressives joining House Oversight: report

Ocasio-Cortez among progressives joining House Oversight: report

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) is among a group of progressive lawmakers joining the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Politico reported Tuesday.

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, fellow freshmen Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation Overnight Health Care: Democratic bill would require insurance to cover OTC birth control | House Dems vote to overturn ban on fetal tissue research | New rule aims to expand health choices for small businesses MORE (D-Mass.) are also set to join the committee, as is Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaCongress must use upcoming defense bills to guard against a confrontation with Iran Congress must use upcoming defense bills to guard against a confrontation with Iran House Democrats push to raise intern pay to per hour MORE (D-Calif.), according to Politico.

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Politico noted that each of the lawmakers has been particularly critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE. Tlaib faced some criticism from within the party earlier this month for saying House Democrats would "impeach the motherf---er," in reference to Trump.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the committee, told Politico that he is "excited" about the new members and dismissed any concerns about them. 

“If I based the choices going on the committee based on what people said or their reputations or whatever, I probably wouldn’t have a committee. I am excited — there were a lot of people that wanted to come on our committee," he said.

The Oversight and Reform Committee is the main investigative committee in the House and is expected to open investigations into Trump and his administration during the new Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is also set to join the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees banks and the financial sector.